Paul Merson: Why Liverpool FC get top marks for January transfers

The Arsenal legend was impressed with Liverpool FC's transfer dealings in the January market

Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson believes Liverpool FC can reflect on a brilliant January transfer window.

The Reds signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk in a club record £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in January.

Liverpool FC made the 26-year-old the most expensive defender in the world following a lengthy pursuit of the Dutch star.

The Merseyside outfit sold Brazil international Philippe Coutinho in an estimated £142m deal to La Liga giants Barcelona.

While Jurgen Klopp was tipped to use the transfer funds to bolster his attacking options, there were no more arrivals at Anfield despite Liverpool FC supporters demanding further additions.

The 18-time English champions allowed experienced striker Daniel Sturridge to move on loan to West Brom until the end of the season.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Liverpool FC still had a successful January transfer window despite some big-name outgoings.

“It’s been a brilliant window,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“They needed a centre-half and they paid good money and got him. They also got £146m for Coutinho and got a big earner in Daniel Sturridge off the wage bill. It’s been good business in my opinion. Top marks.”

Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and two points above Tottenham Hotspur, who lead the chasing pack.

The Reds will welcome Spurs to Anfield in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool FC will take on Portuguese giants FC Porto in the Champions League round of 16.

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